Tin Advertising Signs, ca. 1920
Well, they came from an old grocery store in Boone, Iowa, the Halliday Grocery Store, which was my husband's family-- went through four generations. The store was founded in 1879.
What you have here is a set of signs. These are all lithograph tin signs to advertise Chiclets and different kinds of gum from that period. They start at around 1916 and basically these signs were to advertise the availability of some rag dolls based on all these characters. You have 12 of them, and I talked with a friend of mine and she can't ever remember seeing all 12, so this may be the only set of all 12.
Oh, my goodness.
And they're absolutely fantastic. It comes complete with a picture of the store they were displayed in. Now, as far as value, these are easily worth $700 apiece-- these figures-- so if we do the math, that's about $8,500 for these 12 animals. Now, this and this I have never seen, I've never heard of. Well, let's start with this one. Small, it could be cleaned up. I'd say easily $1,200 to $1,500. This sign has to be $3,500. Easily $10,000 to $12,000 for this entire group.
Well, I'm so pleased that someone knows about them.
I'm glad to be the one to tell you. Well, thank you, Noel.
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